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Nobby
RE: Dixon, JOHN Dixon
No, other than Seko, they don't really do any specific hill training ("Ah, how dare you say Japanese follow Lydiard method," I can already hear some people saying...). I have a footage of Seko doing "spot-on" Lydiard steep hill running exercise and I'm contacting him for a permission to use it for the hill training video (it's coming...!).

Noguchi is a bit differnt from other main stream Japanese marathon runner--she runs less ("only" about 800~1000km a month). She seems to like more shorter, faster intervals (400~1000m) and does weights. His coach, Mr. Fujita, was renowned middle distance coach in the 70s and 80s and interesting thing is that he didn't change Noguchi's running style which is different from traditional Japanese shuffling style. I have quite a file of her training from various Japanese magazines but I have not had time to study yet. I'll let you know better later. Meanwhile, Breandan Reilly, who knows about Japanese training better than anybody (including Japanese) wrote an article about Noguchi for Running Times. Someone help me out with its site???

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